Dwarf-Winged Burning Bush
A very popular garden plant known for its spectacular red autumn colour. It can successfully be maintained as a rather dense hedge. Tolerant of dry soils in full sun once established. Also fairly pollution tolerant lending itself to commercial applications. I think it tends to be overused because its so reliable however it does make a nice border especially when mixed with other plants for contrast. There seems to be a little confusion around the correct spelling, Hortus Third lists the plant as E. alata 'Compacta'. I have decided to use E. alatus 'Compactus' since it appears more frequently.
|Euonymus alata 'Compacta'
|USDA Hardiness Zone
|6b - 7a
|Canadian Hardiness Zone
|RHS Hardiness Zone
|H6 (observed growing well in H7)
|-20 to -15
|4 to 5
|2.5 - 3 m
|2.5 - 3 m
|Euonymus alata 'Compacta' is a reliable common shrub frequently used in both private and commercial landscapes. It is known for its intensely red autumn foliage.
|Frequently used in both private and commericial landscapes. Easy to grow and tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. Seems fairly salt tolerant and responds to trimming, as a result in is often used in mass plantings in shopping malls. Makes a good hedge.
|Readily grown in most conditions; tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions except where soil is waterlogged. Quite tolerant of dry conditions once established.
|Ridges on mature bark. Intense red leaves in autumn.
|Euonymus scale can be a severe problem if it is not promptly controlled.
|Green when young, 2 - 4 corky wings or ridges when mature.
|Flower/Leaf Bud Description
|Acutely pointed, dull green but often purplish in late autumn through winter.
|Elliptic to obovate, opposite, up to 5 cm in length, sharply and finely serrate, dull green but turning intensely red in autumn.
|Insignificant, yellow-green, in 3-flowered axillary cymes, bisexual or functionally unisexual, 4 - 5 stamens.
|Orange arils are held in a 4 lobed, purplish capsule.
|Dull green foliage turning an intense red in autumn.
|The Gardens of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada. The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
|By cuttings taken at any time when the plant is in leaf.